All About the Outerwear Blog Tour

I love fall! It’s absolutely one of my favorite times of year. The unfortunate thing is that I am always cold. Especially since I live in New England. I virtually live in cardigans and wool socks from October until March each year. Which is why I was very excited about a blog tour all about outerwear.

I love Suzanne over at Winter Wear Designs and I love discovering how each pattern that I make for both Sweet Pea and me turns out to be a good fit for us. This time I decided to go with the Twin Peaks Cardigan for me for the tour instead of something for Sweet Pea.

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The pattern has a semi fitted drafting being fitted in the bust and flowing out over the hips. Sizing goes from 00-24 and the sleeve is not cut on the fold so the armscye fits really nicely. It has the option for several different blocking back styles which means I get a pattern with multiple looks- that’s a huge win.

I also decided it was the perfect time to use some brand new hacci sweater knit I got from Honeydew Kisses Custom Fabric . I love buffalo plaid and while I have never sewn hacci knit before I was excited to receive this just in time for the tour.

I opted for the pointed back color blocking detail in stretch leather that I picked up in a destash. While Suzanne’s instructions are fabulous as always, I struggled with the point on the back detail but even though its not as pointy as it should be, it was still a pretty quick sew. I even decided to pull out my recently purchased coverstitch and have it join in on the fun.

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I love how my kids have picked out rainbow thread this last time I got thread because now I have hidden rainbows in all my seams. But even more I love that this is a cardigan made from a fabric print, I have always wanted to own and that even better it has pockets.20181024_0857154872038959980941867.jpg

Working with hacci is like working with any other knit fabric. It was lighter in hand than I expected and has a beautiful drape, however my serger did need a cleaning afterward because it had lots of fuzz. The stretch leather had nice movement but is a bit stiffer and why I opted for only using it for blocking (I had originally planned on using it for the neckband as well.) I really love that the two fabrics together give you just a bit of edginess while still being school errand friendly.

My husband is out of town this week and there goes my usual photographer but I am so happy with how this turned out I have a feeling I will have a ton of photos to update this post with once he gets home next week.

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I love, love, love this so much and am going to get so much use out of this new cardigan and already have a second out on the cutting table (I am thinking about hacking it with cuffs because I love thumbhole cuffs too)! Check in with the rest of the bloggers and see all their awesome outdoor makes below!

 

Fall in love with every stop on the tour:

October 22
Ilse of Sew Sew Ilse
October 23
October 24
October 25
Meriel of Elli and Nels
Jessica of Jot Designs USA
October 26
Livia of Liviality

Monster Tour!

It’s one of my favorite times of the year.

Costume making time.

My children start figuring out what they want to be in June because sometimes they want more than one costume. Costuming and cosplay allows my children to display their creativity in play and allows me to stretch myself with new patterns and pattern hacking to get the looks I want. This year, I was a tad bit sad when Baby Bear picked a store bought costume this year (his first one since grandma bought him his Thor costume when he was 3). Buuuttt Sweet Pea will keep me busy since she gave me a tall order of 3 costumes😂

The priority costume is her Trick or Treat costume. We go Trick or Treating at malls and Trunk or Treat events rather than going house to house, so there are no limits on how ornate the costumes are (except whatever the children choose, they have to be able to wear thermals or base layers if needed because Halloween can be very cold here in New England).

She decided for it she would have me make her an Elena of Avalor costume. First, we had to figure out if we wanted Elena’s ballgown or every day look. She decided that she would go with the every day dress.

I was kind of hoping she’d go for the ballgown because that would have been a HUGE stretch for me.

I am a big fan of hacking and mashing patterns as well as using patterns I already own, so I knew I already had the perfect patterns to create the perfect Elena look.

To get the look, I had to mash 2 different patterns and I wanted to stay with only one pattern company. I wanted to use Eunoia Patterns since I knew they had a skirt with flounces, The Paradise Wrap. That would be the outer skirt to create the Elena look.

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And the Kaleo for the base skirt and top.

I decided to do a separate skirt rather than creating an actual dress so that Sweet Pea can wear the top if she wanted and I really love the fact the Kaleo came with a top as well.

I started with the skirts. Using the Kaleo pattern, I followed the pattern as written until I got to adding elastic to the waistband. And constructed the Paradise as written to the waistband, as well. It was lots of gathering but I love the ruffle on the Paradise Wrap Skirt. Initally, I put a waistband on the Kaleo (sometimes all those gathers can break a needle and at that point I hadn’t started the Paradise yet to know if there would be gathers, plus I needed to check the length on my petite child) but in the end I created a binding with the original waistband so that there would be less bulk at the band. I made another Kaleo waistband and attached it to the Paradise with the binding of the Kaleo skirt.

Next up was creating the top. I used the Kaleo top but made a few modifications to it. Its a snug fitting fully lined top but since I was adding the flounce along the neckline, I had to rethink that construction. In the end, I decided that I would bind the top, and that allowed me to get rid of the lining as well. Also the top is designed to use a band, I just added the additional length a band would add to the top.

To create the flounce, I used the width of the ruffle on the Paradise top. After measuring the neckline, I multiplied that measurement by 1.5 so that the flounce would be ruffled but not so heavy with gathers it would make the binding thick.

 

Once I got to this point Sweet Pea decided she needed a “pocket” for the Elena sword Daddy got her for her costume. That would have come in handy prior to attaching the waistband, but since it was an after thought I had to figure out a solution. Enter a sash!

I made a simple sash that could tie around the waist and attached FOE (I just got this pretty sparkly FOE in and Sweet Pea was adamant I use it rather than the red I picked out) 6 inches from the center so she can have her sword attached for both Trick or Treating and for play and she isn’t limited to which side it’s on).

I love how the whole thing came out! And I cannot wait to get pretty outdoor photos in the next couple of days (they will get added to the post once taken).

The little princess squealed and immediately asked to put it on. I saw thats a win 😉

This post is part of the My Monsters Blog Tour hosted by Tibecca Yao of Sewing by Ti. Come join us on a journey into a world full of costumes and Halloween inspired outfits!

Monday, October 1st- Sewing By Ti (intro)

2nd- Tales from a Southern Mom

3rd- Shalini’s Sewing Space

4th- Tenille’s Thread

5th- Sewing By Ti

Monday, October 8th- Back 40 Life

9th- Family of Makers

10th- Made for Little Gents

11th- Big Fly Notions

Sunday, October 14th- The Fairy Dust Bin

17th- Sewing With D

18th- 52 Week Sewing Challenge

19th- Auschick Sews

20th- Sew Cute Couture by Kathy

Sunday, October 21st- The Bear and the Pear Atelier

22nd- Seams Like Style

23rd- Seams Sew Lo

24th- My Heart Will Sew On

25th- JOT Designs USA

26th- My Sewing Roots

27th- Manning the Machine

Monday, October 29th- Frulle Mieke

30th- Sew Like a Sloth

31st- Sewing By Ti

Week 42: Halloween Blog Tour

Happy October! Today I get to be lucky enough to be a part of the DIY Halloween Sewing tour.

This year I decided out of the couple of tours I am participating that I was going to make me a priority and actually dress up. I’m not sure if I have seriously dressed up since I was pregant with Baby Bear.

So I asked my children what should I be for Halloween, Baby Bear said a princess and Sweet Pea said a purple witch (go figure 😂).

After look through and discarding tons of ideas, I had a testing opportunity that helped me make the decision!

When the All Hallows Eve Hat from Eunoia Patterns (formerly Karrington Paige Patterns) came across my app, I knew it was fate for me to finally be the witch I always wanted to be.

About the pattern maker and pattern itself, is offered free on the Eunoia Patterns page. Eunoia means beautiful thinking, and I love Shannon coined the phrase “Sewing patterns to inspire your beautiful thinking.” Shannon has an amazing design team working with her to create a beautiful catalog for a variety of styles. As for the All Hallows Eve Hat- it comes with sizing for toddler to adult, comes with a 26 page instruction book, plus mouse ear and bow instructions and svg files to make your ultimate witch hat.

Off I went to Joann fabrics to find the perfect accessories.

I may have gone a tad overboard but hey go big or go home, right?

The instructions were easy to follow and the only place I really struggled was with the clamping off the metal wire at the end AND figuring out how to place my accoutrement😂

After I got to this point, I stuffed the hat so I could figure out the other placement of accessories. I will say next time I am going to accessorize before putting the wire in and stitching the bias tape closed.

I hand stitched everything and I probably should have hot glued some of the accessories on but honestly I couldn’t find my glue gun.

I went through my closet found a coat I held on to from my club kid days and off I went to cast some spells.

I can’t wait to wear my costume for Halloween!

Are you ready to see all of the new Halloween costumes on the DIY Sewing Pattern Blog Tour? Me too!! Go ahead and follow along with us!

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